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Cooperation with National Societies

Lebanon. Lebanese Red Cross volunteers distribute ICRC hygiene kits and blankets to internally displaced persons.

The ICRC works closely with the National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and with their International Federation in order to ensure a concerted, rational and rapid humanitarian response to the needs of the victims of armed conflict or any other situation of internal violence. The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is the largest humanitarian network in the world. It operates as a neutral and independent organization with a view to assisting all victims. Read full overview.


Safer Access for all National Societies

Today, National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies are facing new, more complex and evolving challenges when responding in sensitive and insecure contexts, including armed conflict and internal disturbances and tensions. Some are prevented by weapon bearers from providing humanitarian services, or are hindered or harassed when they do. Others have suffered recurrent attacks against their personnel, facilities and equipment. The people who need it most may thus be deprived of assistance or even suffer direct harm. Read more >> 


Publications More publications

  • Red Cross Red Crescent Magazine: 150 years of hope

    A century and a half ago, the first National Society was formed in the Kingdom of Württemberg. In many ways, the changes, growth and conflicts that have faced this original National Society mirror the Movement’s evolution over 150 years. Also in this issue: Principles behind bars; National Society timeline; New, accessible technology puts power in humanitarian hands.

  • Red Cross Red Crescent Magazine: Wiping polio off the face of the planet

    The world has a unique chance to eradicate polio. With billions of dollars of support and coordinated efforts by governments and international health organizations, it could be the biggest public health victory since the eradication of smallpox.

Red Cross Red Crescent Magazine